Thursday, April 3, 2014

Putin vs. Palin - A Sign of Things to Come?

PPPS (Moscow)—While our own President Obama was performing a victory dance over Obamacare, President Putin of Russia was apparently conducting informal negotiations with former Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin. Could this be a sign of things to come?

You decide.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Oops, He Did It Again - Pete Poses Tough Obamacare Question to Jay Carney

PPPS (Washington, DC)—Once again, Citizen Pete, posing as Chief White House Correspondent Political-Beat Pete, asked a tough Obamacare question to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney at the end of yesterday's White House Press Briefing.



This was not Pete's first time at the press briefing rodeo, having visited almost one year ago to ask Secretary Carney about the president's lavish vacations at taxpayer expense.

But this time, Pete asked about something a little more personal, the Affordable Care Act. Pete's wife, Citizen Caryn, had her health insurance policy canceled because of the law, and in order to avoid the security risks associated with the Obamacare exchanges, and find a plan in which she could still keep he doctor of many years, she now pays about double her previous premium. If it were not for the extra $3,600 per year out of the family budget due to Obamacare, Pete might make more frequent trips to the White House press room.

Here is the transcript:
White House Press Briefing: March 10, 2014

PETE:    Jay, one more question from Colorado?
MR. CARNEY:  Colorado, what do you got?
PETE:   Okay.  I just wanted to follow up on that one about Obama -- well, the Affordable Care Act.  And you mentioned that the Republicans are giving this pitch to, I guess, repeal the bill.  And so my question --
MR. CARNEY:  Surely your reporting reflects that.
PETE:  What’s that?
MR. CARNEY:  I’m not misstating --
PETE:  No, no, no, it was the reasons you gave that I wanted to ask you about.  And the last time I was here, I asked you a question and you didn’t really answer it, so I hope I’ll have better luck this time.  (Laughter.) 
MR. CARNEY:  I think he’s waiting for his -- have you got the camera on him?  Go ahead.
PETE: And I saw you using notes, so I’m going to use mine as well.
MR. CARNEY:  Go for it.
PETE:   When the law was first debated and passed -- and we’re talking about the Affordable Care Act -- the polls showed a majority of the people were not in favor of that, and yet it was pushed through.  And so in terms of this pitch, the President continued to pitch to get it passed using statements like “you can keep your plan.”  And, by the way, I know that’s not true because my wife lost her insurance because of the Affordable Care Act -- that you can --
MR. CARNEY:  What’s your question, sir?
PETE:  Well, I’m getting to it. 
MR. CARNEY:  Okay.
PETE:  We don't get here very often from out in middle country, so when you get your chance, you got to ask.
MR. CARNEY:  You’re welcome.  Sure.
PETE:  Okay.  So anyway, the President’s pitch was that you can keep your plan, that your costs will go down, and I know that not to be true.  So my question is:  Will the President accede to the greater majority of Americans now who want it repealed?
MR. CARNEY:  Well, actually that's not --
PETE:  Why won’t he listen to the American people?
MR. CARNEY:  You obviously haven’t seen the data because the majority of Americans do not in any poll want it repealed.  The majority supports fixing it and improving it, not repealing it.  I would ask you to check your data.
Secondly, the President made that pitch.  Republicans in Congress fought it tooth and nail.  It went to the Supreme Court.  The Supreme Court upheld it.  It was the principal argument in a presidential election.  The President won reelection.
And again, Republicans are free to make the repeal argument. My point was simply that when you go to individuals and you ask them, do you want quality, affordable health insurance, or do you want the insurance company to tell you that you’re not going to get coverage for that condition you have because the fine print says you can't.  In fact, your sister, we’re going to charge her double even though you have identical medical histories because she’s a woman --
PETE:  Well, my wife is getting charged double now because she lost her insurance.
MR. CARNEY:  Well, again, I don't know the circumstances with your wife.  And what I can tell you is that the Affordable Care Act provides quality, affordable health insurance to millions of people.  They are -- million are --
PETE:  But that's not true.  More people have lost their insurance because of the act right now than have been -- didn't have insurance and have signed up.  That is a fact.
MR. CARNEY:  Okay, well, you’re entitled to your facts, sir. What I can tell you is that you and others who want to campaign on repeal are welcome to.
What I’m saying is that repeal for millions of Americans is not a good option and for all the reasons that I enumerated.
Thank you all very much.
And here is a link to the video posted at Breitbart TV:
(click on link, not the pic)
Colorado Reporter Confronts Carney, Demands Repeal of ObamaCare



Update: We found this photo circulating on Twitter, source unknown.





Sunday, March 9, 2014

Bedtime Stories from CPAC - Sarah Palin Style


Still clip from official CPAC video.
PPPS (National Harbor, MD)--Governor Sarah Palin woke up some sleepy conservatives yesterday, even as she told a bedtime story to close out the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Her speech was peppered with great Palin-style one-liners, and perhaps a smidgeon of sarcasm, as she brought the audience repeatedly to their feet.

Recalling Senator Ted Cruz's reading to his daughters on the Senate floor from Dr. Zeus' Green Eggs and Ham, Palin added a few new verses:
I do not like this Uncle Sam.
I do not like his healthcare scam.

I do not like these dirty crooks,
or how they lie and cook the books.

I do not like when Congress steals.
I do not like their crony deals.

I do not like this spy'n man.
I do not like 'Oh yes we can.'

I do not like this spending spree.
We're smart. We know.  There's nothing free.

I do not like reporters' smug replies,
when I complain about their lies.

I do not like this kind of hope.
And we won't take it....
Nope,
           Nope,
                       Nope!
                     
View from the Press Gallery as Sarah Palin speaks.
After referring to President Obama's remaining time in office as "the end of an error," Palin said he is now the "lamest of lame ducks."

She then went on to lambast President Obama for his "wobbly" and weak foreign policy, in particular towards Russia and President Vladimir Putin's expansionist incursion into Ukraine. But then, she quickly apologized, stating "I'm sorry. But really, I'm probably being too hard on the President. After all, who could'a seen this coming?"

But Palin's pokes were not exclusively reserved for Obama and other Democrats. Speaking of the 2010 election, which brought the Republicans back to power in the House of Representatives and in state legislatures and governors' mansions across the land, Palin reminded some in the GOP establishment that "you didn't build that........the Tea Party did!" and implied that the broom that will be sweeping in 2014 may pick up some dust on both sides of the aisle.

It was a memorable speech, and we have to admit that we caught some of the normally fair, balanced and objective PPPS staff applauding or standing at times.

Here is Sarah Palin's full speech. For those with a short attention span, or just looking for a bedtime story, that starts at about minute 12:00. Enjoy.


 



Saturday, March 8, 2014

Pundit Pete at CPAC

PPPS (National Harbor, MD)--Once again, the Pundit Pete Press Service has been covering the annual Conservative Political Action Conference being held at National Harbor, just south of our nation's capitol. And this time, our leader, Pundit Pete, has been in attendance.

Although often mobbed by his own admirers as he moves around the venue, Pete has managed to connect with some of the "rock stars" of the conservative movement and has secured a few photo opportunities. In many cases, Pete even waived his usual fee for having his photo taken.

Pundit Pete w/ Wayne Dupree the NewsNinja @ Blog Bash


Here he is with blogger and radio show host Wayne Dupree at the exclusive Blog Bash party.

Check out Wayne's coverage of CPAC.







Andrew Malcolm and Pundit Pete @ Blog Bash



 
Pete also met with legendary journalist and blogger Andrew Malcolm of Investors Business Daily.


Anita MonCrief and Kira Davis @ Blog Bash
 



Two of Pete's admirers posed for a photo:

The courageous Acorn whistleblower and columnist Anita MonCrief who was featured in our New Voices.

Radio host and another courageous blogger, Kira Davis who once posed a tough question to the leader of the "most transparent adminstration in history."
Mary Katherine Ham & Pundit Pete @ Blog Bash

Friday, February 28, 2014

Breaking: Violence Erupts Over New Movie

PPPS (New York)—Rioting and violence has apparently erupted around the globe over the pending release of a new movie today.

Although reports are spotty, our alert social media director, #PoundSign Pete, intercepted this tweet, which was later removed.



We are researching this story and will bring you updates as they develop.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

PPPS Hits Viewer Milestone - Prize Awarded

PPPS (Littleton)—The Pundit Pete blog reached an historic milestone today, surpassing 100,000 total page views. 

Our CEO and dear leader, Pundit Pete, offered to personally escort the lucky 100,000th visitor and a guest on an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii.


Unfortunately, our social media director, #PoundSign Pete, dozed off at the exact moment the ticker turned over, and we were unable to identify the lucky visitor.

We are hoping that Pundit Pete will select a staff member instead, to accompany him on the trip.

In any case, Pete promised to send a postcard.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tea Party Launched On This Day Five Years Ago

PPPS (Littleton)—Our loyal reader Citizen Pete, reminded us that it was on this day, February 19, five years ago, the Tea Party movement was launched with an on-air rant from Rick Santelli.


Citizen Pete also reminded us that the Tea Party movement was initially a response to President Obama's first major legislative initiative, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act or "Stimulus Bill", which was passed by Congress on February 13, 2009 after only being available for review by American citizens for a few hours in the middle of the night.

The bill was quickly dubbed the "Porkulus Bill" by citizen activists and a protest was organized in Seattle on February 16, 2009 by a local blogger named Liberty Bell. The protest was promoted nationally by Michelle Malkin and a follow-up protest was quickly organized to coincide with President Obama's visit to Denver to formally sign the Stimulus Bill on February 17, 2009. Citizen Pete got to that protest in Denver just as it was ending, and vowed to come back if there was ever another.



And the rest is history, except for the part that is yet to be written.





Sunday, February 2, 2014

A Note to Karl Rove

Karl Rove & Pundit Pete 2012
PPPS (Littleton)—One of our loyal readers, Citizen Pete, pointed out an article about Karl Rove posted at the Breitbart Big Government web page, and responded with a note of his own. And, although we don't normally acknowledge any news items from competing news organizations, we found Citizen Pete's response so compelling that we made an exception.

Here is the original article by Tony Lee at Breitbart:

And here is the note we received from Citizen Pete: 
Dear Pundit Pete:
You need to pay attention to this article I spotted at Breitbart.
I know you and Karl Rove are great pals, but you may want to rethink that relationship.
Ever since he started diss'n the Tea Party, his fortunes have gone south.
Maybe you could send him this sign to help straighten him out.
Your friend,
Citizen Pete

Saturday, February 1, 2014

President Obama's New Plan For Governing

PPPS (Washington)—On Tuesday, during his State of the Union speech before a joint session of Congress and a vast television audience of subjects throughout the country, President Obama articulated a new plan for governing during the upcoming "2014 Year of Action".

Our Chief White House Correspondent, Political-Beat Pete, who attended the State of the Union speech as a guest of former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, summed up the president's plan succinctly:
 
And, as President Obama is proud to point out, the plan comes "without a smidgen of corruption."


Reader Tweet Treat & Potential $1,000 Prize: 
Our loyal readers are invited to participate in the Year of Action Home Game on Twitter. The game is sponsored by the American Civic Exchange. Just tweet your own executive order prediction and include the hashtag #yoaHomeGame and of course also copy your tweet to @Pundit_Pete. Good luck!

Here is an example tweet to get you inspired.



 

 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

State of the Union - When A President Speaks The Truth

PPPS (Washington)—In the daily life of our nation, no speech is more consequential, more riveting, or more hopeful than when our president goes before Congress and the American people to report on the State of the Union. It is truly an opportunity for our nation to come together as one and to support our Dear Liar Dear Leader Esteemed President as he outlines his agenda to transform America in the coming year.

Short of the Super Bowl (Go Broncos!), the Winter Olympics, and the new season of Duck Dynasty, no other mid-winter telecast is anticipated to have a higher viewer participation. 

Unfortunately, all of our staff are currently in New Jersey covering Super Bowl Week, and unless the speech is shown in nearby Midtown Manhattan discos or downstate in Atlantic City casinos, there may not be an opportunity for the Pundit Pete Press Service to cover the speech.

Which is why we are asking our loyal readers to:  
Help Us Out and Accept On Our Reader Challenge!

You see, the PPPS staff are currently compiling a book documenting President Obama's most profound promises, proclamations and pronouncements. The book will be titled When a President Speaks the Truth.


Unfortunately, so far, it consists mostly of blank pages.

Which is where you, our readers, come in. We need more content for our book and here is how you can help:

  1. Find a comfortable place in front of a television.
  2. Invite lots of friends.
  3. Give everyone a note pad (digital is OK) and pencil.
  4. Watch the State of the Union Speech.
  5. Note ANY truthful statements by the President.
  6. Send us your notes in the comment section below...
  7. Or tweet us @Pundit_Pete
Thanks for your help!
(blank notes are acceptable)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Celebrating Reverend King's Legacy

American Conservatives of Color at Marade, 2013
PPPS (Denver)—As we post this message, thousands are marching in Denver's annual Marade, the largest parade and celebration of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday held anywhere in the country. And we are reminded how far this country has come in realizing Reverend King's dream.


Thank you Reverend King for your courage, your conviction, your sacrifice, your vision and your dedication to follow God's will as you helped to truly transform America. May we all strive to fully realize your dream.




Here's a start.


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Merry Christmas From the Bridge to Nowhere Tea Party

PPPS (Littleton)—In what has become a holiday tradition here at PPPS, we again share this holiday greeting from two loyal readers and their grassroots group, the Bridge to Nowhere Tea Party.

BTNTP - Littleton, Colorado (click to enlarge)

Friday, December 20, 2013

Citizen Pete Volunteers to Help With Obamacare Message During the Holidays

PPPS (Littleton)—Our longtime reader and frequent contributor, Citizen Pete, forwarded us some email correspondence he had with President Obama's grassroots organization, Organizing For Action (OFA). Apparently, Pete has signed up as a member of Team Obamacare to explain and discuss the benefits of Obamacare with friends and family over the holidays, including with his wife Citizen Caryn, whose health insurance policy is terminating on New Year's Eve.


The email letter Pete received:

Hey --
Thanks for joining Team Obamacare.
There's a lot of work to do to make sure people have the facts about health care reform. And the other side isn't going to pull any punches or spare any expense to try to tear down this law.
We have news for them -- Obamacare isn't going anywhere. And neither are we.
If you know someone who's recently enrolled in the health care marketplace, we're looking for stories that show why this work matters:http://my.barackobama.com/Obamacare-Story 
And if you know anyone looking to get coverage through the new law, be sure to send them here:
Thanks -- more to come,
Organizing for Action
########

And here is Pete's response:

Dear Organizing for Action Staff:

I am so proud to be selected to join Team Obamacare!

You can bet I'll be discussing Obamacare with everyone over the holidays, especially as we get closer to the New Year, when my wife's existing insurance plan is officially terminated. 

We don't know yet how she'll be able afford the new, more costly coverage, or if she can keep her doctor, but if as you say, "Obamacare isn't going anywhere", I guess we'll have to manage.

Oh, and one more thing, here's back at ya!

Citizen Pete




Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Could the Tea Party Have Been Right? - Citizen Pete Thinks So

PPPS (Littleton)—We received this note from a loyal reader and spokesman for the Bridge to Nowhere Tea Party, Citizen Pete, and thought we would pass it on, even though we strongly disagree with Pete's premise that PPPS, and our brethren in the press, could have done more to listen, or to inform the American people.

Dear Editor, 
We in the Tea Party movement are a bit frustrated.

We tried to warn you about Obamacare, BEFORE it was passed.

We tried to warn you that President Obama was a liar BEFORE he was reelected.

But you didn't listen.
Maybe some day.........you will.
—Citizen Pete


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Is Obamacare Like the Ring of Power?

PPPS (Littleton)—As our nation debates the implementation of the President's signature legislation and sole accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, we received an interesting poem and link to an article published by one of our loyal readers, Citizen Caryn.

We decided to share the poem and encourage people to read her excellent article. 

 

One Ring to rule them all, 

One Ring to find them, 

One Ring to bring them all 

and in the darkness bind them.

 —J.R.R. Tolkien from Lord of the Rings


 Obamacare: The Ring of Power 

Caryn Boddie, Western Bluebird blog


Note: The image of the ring, before adding Obamacare was from a blog by Lee Hadley.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Will Obamacare Diminish Our Freedoms?

PPPS (Littleton)—We recently received this short note and photo from one Patriot Pete, an occasional contributor to this blog.

May the bells of freedom peal once again throughout the land! —Patriot Pete


Citizen Pete photo from Hands Off Our Healthcare Rally, Denver, 2012

While we were at first a bit puzzled, we began to wonder whether Pete might, in a very obscure way, be suggesting some connection between freedom and our President's signature healthcare legislation, Obamacare.

Tell us what you think.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Obamacare Disaster: Could President Be Losing His Base?

PPPS (Littleton)—With the recent minor glitches in the launch and implementation of President Obama's signature health care reform legislation and talk in some circles that the President may have misled the American people, some are wondering whether his base support may be eroding.

And then we received this photo, taken on a college campus where the President was encouraging young adults to sign up for Obamacare.


What do you think?

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Unbelievable: In 2009 Obama Warned Not To Misrepresent What's In Obamacare

PPPS (Littleton)—Pundit Pete caused a bit of a stir today with this tweet:


Pete found that quote in the Healthcare Reform speech President Obama gave to a joint session of Congress on September 9, 2009.  The quote was then posted in an article by Katie Pavlich at Townhall.com, and again later in an article by Andrew Malcolm at Investors Business Daily.

Here is a video clip, courtesy of fellow Coloradoan Caleb Bonham of Campus Reform.

It is perhaps a bit ironic that, just a few minutes earlier, Congressman Joe Wilson had called out the President on a part of his speech.

And it is perhaps even more ironic that, just as Americans are finally reaping the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, and discovering, as Speaker Pelosi once said, "what's in it", there are some who are suggesting that the President himself may have misrepresented "what's in this plan".

In fact, earlier in that very same speech, the President said this:

"First, if you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, or Medicare, or Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have.  (Applause.)  Let me repeat this:  Nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have."
Being part of the press, we are of course reluctant to question anything that our President says.

Citizen Pete w/ his old 2009 sign at a 2012 Rally
However, we would note that we recently received a letter, submitted by one of our readers, Citizen Pete, who indicated that because of the Affordable Care Act, his lovely wife, Citizen Caryn, was going to lose her health insurance, contrary to the President's statement. Pete, having apparently also learned that his wife may not be able to keep her doctor, and will end up paying much more for insurance due to implementation of the AFFORDABLE Care Act, was less than complimentary of the President, and even characterized what he had done as lying.

We will leave it to our readers as to whether the President lied about, misinformed us, or misrepresented what was in the Affordable Care Act.

Related: 
Obama in 2009: We Will Call Out Those Who Lie About Obamacare
      —Katie Pavlich, Townhall.com (thanks Katie for the H/T credit & link)
Obama on health care reform in 2009 - video clip from Caleb Bonham of Campus Reform (thanks Caleb for the video clip)
President Obama didn't misspeak; He lied —Andrew Malcolm, Investors Business Daily (thanks Andrew for the H/T credit & link)
The White House Fable FactoryMichelle Malkin, and at Townhall.com

Friday, November 1, 2013

Barack Obama vs Responsible Citizens

PPPS (Littleton)—We received this note and accompanying picture from a loyal reader, Citizen Pete.

Barack Obama.


Thug president.


Dictator wannabe.


Instead of an apology for lying to the American people about Obamacare, he goes on tour to mock responsible citizens who purchased their own health insurance.

Like my wife.

Unemployed.

Got her cancellation letter.


—from Citizen Pete

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Sebelius to Give Obamacare Testimony - Local Lawyer Helps Prep

HHS Secretary Sebelius applauds launch of HealthCare.gov
PPPS (Littleton)—Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, has finally agreed to testify before Congress regarding the less-than-perfect launch of HealthCare.gov, the web site for people to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a Obamacare).

Secretary Sebelius, was unable to attend Congressional hearings this week, due to her  busy schedule of banquets, late-night TV program interviews, Planned Parenthood speaking engagements, and audiences with petitioners seeking waivers.

The Secretary will testify in a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee next Wednesday.

Our own PPPS staff attorney Pleader Pete, author of the best-selling legal tome, The Art of Testimony, has been asked  by Secretary Sebelius to assist her in preparing for the hearing.

PPPS was able to interview Pleader Pete as he was getting ready to drive to Norton, Kansas where he will supervise the construction of a mock Congressional hearing room at a secret farm location overlooking Sebelius Lake. Pete will then meet with Secretary Sebelius and her closest aids for an  intensive weekend of testimony prep.

Here is our exclusive interview: 
PPPS: What advice do you plan to give to the Secretary?
Pleader Pete: Well, as an attorney, my first advice to her will be to just tell the truth. But within the definition of truth, there is of course a great deal of latitude, as any lawyer or politician is fully aware. I've actually been able to stretch the definition of truth to three full chapters in my book The Art of Testimony.
Did I mention that the book is for sale on Amazon or at my web site, PleaderPete.com? That's P-L-E-A-D-E-R  P-E-T-E, one word, DOT COM.
PPPS: Very clever of you to get that book plug in. But, I'm sure our readers already know that any attorney would advise their client to tell the truth. Can you share any more specific advice you may have for the Secretary regarding her Obamacare testimony?
Pleader Pete: Yes, I will advise her to Just Follow the Chart.
And by chart I mean the diagram of the various components of the Affordable Care Act carefully prepared by Congressional Republicans. Charts and diagrams can be excellent aids to testimony, particularly when you can effectively use one prepared by your enemies, those rascally Republicans.
PPPS: Can you describe the nature of this chart for our readers? And perhaps how the Secretary might use it?
Pleader Pete: Yes, of course. In fact, I have a copy of the chart right here.
(click to enlarge)
As you can see, the chart provides some clarity regarding the various components of the Affordable Care Act, and yet, at the same time, is also a bit confusing. I will instruct the Secretary on how to use the chart to her advantage, sometimes to clarify, and at other times to obfuscate, depending on the nature of the question from the committee.

And of course, by providing this diagram to the Secretary to study over the weekend, it will afford her an opportunity, perhaps for the first time, to learn what was really contained in the 2,400 page bill. It will certainly provide that "first time" opportunity for  the Democratic committee members who voted for the law.
PPPS: I notice that there is a very large circle in the middle of the chart marked Secretary, with lines connecting the circle to nearly every other chart component. Will that have any bearing on the Secretary's testimony? It almost looks like the flow of every piece of data and every decision goes through that circle.
Pleader Pete: You're very clever to notice that. In fact, you've hit upon the most critical piece in the Secretary's testimony, and the main reason I've been hired to prep her.

You see, the Republican members of the committee will have noticed that as well. My sources tell me that they are preparing questions referring to that circle and those lines as the Center of Authority and the Lines of Responsibility, and that they may even demand the Secretary's resignation.

But I have a plan for the Secretary, through her testimony, to turn that strategy right on its head. When she is done, that circle and those lines will be known as the Circle of Least Responsibility and Lines Delegating Authority.

Of course, that last bit of strategy is strictly off-the-record. Client privilege and all.

PPPS: Of course, I understand. Why look, my recorder was turned off the whole time.
Do you have any other advise for the Secretary, say if, for instance, the atmosphere becomes a little heated, or the questions a bit too personal?
Pleader Pete: Well, my final advise will be this: "Never, ever, under any circumstances, reveal the address for any personal or unofficial alias email account that you might maintain. If pressed on this issue, first emphasize that you can't remember such details, and then, if necessary, liberally cite the first and fifth amendments."

Not that there are any such email accounts, of course.
PPPS: Of course.
Thus ended the interview.

Related Stories:
A great article about why Secretary Sebelious should NOT be fired.
Don't Fire Secretary Sebelius! — Charlotte Hays, Independent Women's Forum & Townhall.com
Don't Fire Secretary Sebelius!
Don't Fire Secretary Sebelius!